Travel and movement are a big part of modern life.
This is something that I know a fair few introverts and sensitive types hold in balance. They find creative energy from exploring different places, but also find it potentially draining.
In this week’s podcast I talk about a recent trip we took to Krakow in Poland. We went in particular to visit Auschwitz, which was something Nic had wanted to do ever since going when she was a teenager. It was a fascinating trip, and one that moved me far more than I ever imagined it would.
Travel isn’t generally a top value or priority for me. It’s not a concept that drives me deeply. Despite finding enjoyment in it, I’m not motivated by a need to constantly go to new places and explore as many cultures as possible. But almost any time I take some time to travel, it usually provides a great source of creative energy.
Do you like to travel?
In this episode I explore some of the challenges as well as joys that introverts and highly sensitive people might encounter on our travels. In particular I focus in on the flows of energy that we may experience:
Planning and Preparation
I love it when a plan comes together. When I end up in the right place and see the theory of a plan turn into a real life experience. Something as simple as arriving at the right place at the right time is a massive source of joy for me. I know…simple things!
I’m a flâneur at heart. I love to slow down and observe the world happening around me. Travel is the perfect opportunity for this. To hear the musicality of other languages and see the rhythms and routines in the mundane every day lives of others.
There is something wonderful about smashing through stereotypes and preconceptions too. I enjoy connecting with the truth that I have more in common with people around the world than I do with many people I share a nationality with.
Travel and Innate Sensitiveness
There are parts of travelling that I find really take their toll on my innate sensitiveness. Unfamiliar environments breed unfamiliar sounds, smells, and feelings. HSPs in unfamiliar surroundings are functioning at a heightened level of alertness (taking a lot more in).
We generally need time to settle and assimilate. With this in mind, it’s probably not a great idea to go from one place to the next every day or two, because your senses will be working themselves to the ground.
Over to You
Does anything in this episode speak to you in particular? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.